Reform Party would like Martins Bondars to be its candidate for Riga mayor

  • 2013-01-03

RIGA - The Reform Party would like to see former Presidential Chancery head Martins Bondars (nonpartisan) as the party's mayoral candidate in the upcoming Riga City Council elections, according to unofficial information obtained by Latvian State Television's broadcast "Panorama".

This evening, the Reform Party's office in Riga will convene to discuss the party's election program and leaders, the Reform Party's executive director Ivo Valdovskis told LETA.

According to "Panorama", the party's unofficial mayoral candidate - Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts - has declined the offer to vie for Riga mayor. Therefore the party could try to persuade Bondars to top its ticket.

The broadcast also reports that it is almost certain that the Reform Party will not join forces with Unity for the Riga City Council elections.

As reported, even though the Reform Party's board and council have decided against running together with Unity in the Riga City Council elections, the party's leader Valdis Zatlers does not exclude such a possibility.

Three parties have already announced their candidates for the Riga City Council elections. Harmony Center has nominated Nils Usakovs for another term in office, Unity - Sarmite Elerte, and All For Latvia-For Fatherland And Freedom/LNNK - Baiba Broka.

The 2013 municipal elections will be held on June 1.